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wolf spider

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noun
  1. any of numerous ground spiders of the family Lycosidae, including the southern European tarantula, Lycosa taretula, that hunt their prey instead of using a web.
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Origin of wolf spider

First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for wolf spider

Historical Examples

  • The tarantula is of the wolf-spider family, whose habit is to chase their prey, not lie in ambush.

    Chatterbox, 1906

    Various

  • With his fangs, this wolf-spider kills and crushes his victim; then he sucks the body dry and throws away the carcass.

    Book of Monsters

    David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild

  • It is the wolf-spider that often appears at night within the circle of lamplight searching for nocturnal insects.

    Book of Monsters

    David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild

  • There is the wolf-spider which, if a man passes near its lair, will leap out and pursue him, and bite him if it can.

    Furze the Cruel

    John Trevena


British Dictionary definitions for wolf spider

wolf spider

noun
  1. any spider of the family Lycosidae, which chase their prey to catch itAlso called: hunting spider
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